Skip to main content

Table 1 Sociodemographic and migration characteristics among a cross-sectional sample of male Afghan National Army recruit participants, 2010–2011 (N = 4750)

From: Cross-sectional assessment of prevalence and correlates of blood-borne and sexually-transmitted infections among Afghan National Army recruits

Variable Mean ± SD Median Interquartile range
Age (years) 21.82 + 3.77 20 18 – 24
Number in Household 11.2 + 7.72 10 7 – 13
Time Lived Outside
Afghanistan (months) 90.1 + 83.3 60 19 – 144
Time Following
Repatriation (months) 54.9 + 59.4 36 8 – 86
  Number Percentage  
Country of Birth:
Afghanistan 3882 81.7%  
Pakistan 791 16.7%  
Iran 75 1.6%  
Other 2 0.04%  
Province of Origin (of 3882 born in Afghanistan):
Non-Nangahar 3113 80.2%  
Nangahar 769 19.8%  
Ever Lived Outside Afghanistan:
Yes 3110 65.5%  
Countries of Residence (more than one answer permitted):
Pakistan 2172 69.8%  
Iran 1139 36.6%  
United Arab Emirates 40 1.3%  
Other 72 2.3%  
Civil Status:
Never Married 2903 61.1%  
Currently Married 1831 38.5%  
Widowed 14 0.3%  
Divorced 2 0.1%  
Level of Education:
None 2105 44.3%  
One year up to primary 1019 21.5%  
Some secondary school 903 19.0%  
Completed secondary or higher 723 15.2%  
Site of Education (N = 2645):
Afghanistan 2237 84.6%  
Pakistan 507 19.2%  
Iran 68 2.6%  
Employed Prior to Recruitment:
Yes 1140 24.0%  
Frequency Family East Meat Weekly:
None 1173 24.7%  
Once 1647 34.7%  
Twice 1212 25.5%  
More than Twice 715 15.1%  
Usual Mode of Transportation:
Taxi 559 11.8%  
Family’s Car 391 8.2%  
Bus/TownAce 1397 29.4%  
Animal-drawn cart 28 0.6%  
Motorcycle 95 2.0%  
Foot 2276 47.9%  
Radio in Home: 3288 69.2%  
Television in Home: 1552 32.7%